Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Research Programs and Institutes


The Program in Political Psychology and Decision Making (POPDM)

The Program in Political Psychology and Decision Making (POPDM) at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC, seeks to be at the forefront of local and global research in Political Psychology, as part of its continued efforts to advance interdisciplinary thinking and strengthen the cooperation between scholars, society and the state.
The program will offer lectures and workshops conducted by leading researchers in the field of Political Psychology and Decision making. The research will try to address questions concerns issues regards society and politics in Israel, while applying a variety of psychological theories and approaches in an attempt to provide innovative and creative answers to those questions. Additionally, the program will hold a researchers' forum and will issue a bi-monthly newsletter updating scholars and students in the field with our ongoing activities.
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Reinventing Israeli Government
Israel is the only western state which has not implemented structural and administrative reforms in the past few decades. Though many democracies have made significant changes in their public sectors, Israel has done relatively little. IDC published a series of policy papers on "Reinventing Israeli Government" which address and provide recommendations for improving the most vital aspects of public governance: management, regulation, real estate, economy, budgeting, education, and social dilemmas. They are the fruit of a campus-wide research project that IDC conducted and published as part of its 10th anniversary. Prof. Uriel Reichman and Prof. Ehud Sprinzak z"l, the founding dean of the Lauder School, initiated the project. Prof. David Nachmias, of the Lauder School, is the academic editor of the papers.

Comparative National Security Project
Comparative National Security Project was established to explore theoretical, historical and empirical questions pertaining to “International Security Studies” discipline. The project operates in three dimensions: (1) it functions as a research institution, which conducts rigorous exploration of crucial international security and strategic theory topics; (2) it operates as a pedagogical center, that prepares professionals for teaching, research and government positions in the field of international security; and (3) it provides platform for intellectual interaction among scholars and practitioners through seminars, workshops and conferences. We employ multi-disciplinary research methodologies, and undertake comparative and in-depth studies to explore irregular, conventional and nuclear strategic interactions, and to examine alternative strategic futures. The project hosts domestic and international
activities that illuminate theory and policy relevant security problems.
Project’s Director Dr. Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky
dadamsky@idc.ac.il

American Public Opinion toward Israel, APOI
The APOI lab at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, is a research lab for studying the relationship between the United States and the State of Israel with a specific focus on American public opinion and elite rhetoric and action.
The APOI lab is currently running four research projects: Public Opinion; Presidential Rhetoric, Congressional Actions, and Media Coverage of Israel-related issues. Our main goal is to establish the relationship between public opinion, elite rhetoric and media coverage of Israel.
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Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center
The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center strives to produce accurate, groundbreaking research and analyze on contemporary issues through rigorous, objective scholarship, using the latest technologies. GLORIA focuses on the modern Middle East, U.S. and European foreign policy, and Turkish studies and aims to provide reliable research materials for scholars, policymakers, diplomats, journalists, and students.

Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
ICT is an academic research institute that was established in 1996 to develop innovative public-policy solutions to regional and international terrorism. ICT has received worldwide recognition for its applied research to develop counter-terrorism solutions; its work has influenced decision-makers around the globe. One of central aspects of ICT's public outreach program is the institute's internet site www.ict.org.il.
The International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC)
The International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community, which is chaired by Dr. Boaz Ganor, brings together academic institutions involved in terrorism research and counter-terrorism policy around the world. Just as the terrorists have formed networks, so must counter-terrorism experts learn to network between like-minded organizations. ICTAC is designed to meet this challenge. ICT plays a leading role in the community.
The International Homeland Security Studies Program
ICT and the Lauder School have joined forces to offer an innovative Executive Certificate Program in Homeland Security Studies. The program combines practical approaches and theoretical studies, based on the experience of the Lauder School and the ICT have accumulated in this field.
The Homeland Security Studies program combines academic studies with on-site briefings, simulations, models and workshops. Presented in English to senior executives and academics from around the globe, the courses provide concentrated, in-depth exposure to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its characteristics, modus operandi, scope and dissemination throughout the world.